This alternative college guide from a former Dartmouth assistant admissions director-turned-consultant gives non-straight-A students advice on the many options available to them and tips on how to identify, gain admittance to, and pay for the schools that will allow them to flourish.
Less-than-perfect grades? No problem!
Contrary to popular opinion, you don’t need to have a 4.0 GPA or a perfect jump shot to get into a good college. This insider’s guide reveals easy tweaks that will pay off big-time in showing admissions officers that you as a whole—not just your SAT scores—are a perfect fit for their incoming class. With stellar advice on getting into schools that will allow you to thrive, this handbook reveals how to:
Find great colleges that are a good match for your strengths (and will overlook less-relevant weaknesses)
Painlessly beef up your application
Tailor extracurriculars to showcase your uniqueness
Make sure your recommendation letters emphasize the right qualities
Write original essays that reveal traits beyond your transcript
Make an impression on admissions officers and college interviewers
Create an early-admissions strategy to increase your likelihood of acceptance
Help your chances if you’re deferred
Get into brand-name schools through the side door
Communicate about learning disabilities or special circumstances
Get scholarship money based on attributes other than grades
Customize your financial aid strategy
BONUS: Includes an appendix of
130+ selective colleges to consider!
Jager-Hyman (Fat Envelope Frenzy), former assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth and founder of College Prep 360 (a college-planning consulting organization), guides students (and their parents) through the college-admissions process, offering a wealth of insider advice. The author emphasizes that even in the highly competitive (and, according to the media, often gloomy ) admissions environment, there is hope for kids who don t have straight A s and perfect SAT scores. Jager-Hyman covers the usual steps: developing a list of target, reach, and safety schools; writing essays; prepping for the college interview; taking the SATs; and demystifying financial aid. Drawing upon her experiences in college admissions, she offers such suggestions as being first in line for early admissions (before officers become bleary-eyed from reading essays); sending written thank you notes to individuals who conduct the interviews; and so forth. In clear, friendly prose, she helps students focus on their strengths as they calmly and confidently face this stressful process. Though there is plenty of information on the Internet about the college-application process, this insider perspective is a welcome addition to the toolkit.